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14 Illinoisians Accused of Unemployment Fraud

Fourteen Illinoisans are accused of defrauding the state by collecting more than $400,000 in unemployment benefits, even though they had jobs.

The defendants span multiple counties: Cook, Will, Kankakee, and Champaign.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan said prosecuting such cases deters fraud and ensures the government has the resources to help those who are truly unemployed.

The defendants face felony charges of theft, state benefits fraud, and wire fraud.

AP contributed to this report.